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Monday, March 17, 2008

I have officially moved to WordPress

For those who periodically check my blog, or those who come here often, I wanted to make sure that you are directed to the site for my current blog. I'll leave this blog open, and keep the link available for you to get in touch with me.

New Blog

Living Out Loud

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


First of all I have to say that Steve Sands is an incredible guy. Please keep his family in prayer. His sister, Lisa went into labor early and there are complications with one of the babies.

I got a txt msg from him last Wednesday, but had no clue who it was. I could only think of two people that I know as Steven. My cousin and a friend i grew up with. So, i knew neither of them had sisters with babies. I called around and neither were playing a prank on me. I dumb founded, becuase I couldn't think of any other Steven.

So, I waited to call this person back. Their number was in the text, but I didn't think of calling it. I waited some more.

"Make a long story short Al!"

I called and left a message for this person, who sounded just like my cousin. I thought, "Hmmm...That's weird."

I got a call back and it was Steve Sands. Boy did I feel like a tool at that moment. I learned a lesson however.

Waiting can kill your relationships. So, suck it up and call that person, text them back, send them an email. Whatever you do, do it, but don't wait!

Living Out Loud,

Friday, March 7, 2008

My New Blog

For those of you that follow me. I am posting my blogs at a new site as well as here. The address is Come and c heck me out.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

We finally made it

So, we moved this past Saturday. We beat out the storm, packed up everything we own, drove an hour and then unpacked it all.

Big shout out, and huge props to the two crews that helped.

The Wilbraham Crew- Ethan, Joel, Chad, Joe, Jay, and Kevin

The Holden Crew- Darren, Nicholas, Marty,Billy, and Ben

You guys rocked it out that day. We got everything moved in in just over 2 hours.

I started the new job on Monday. UNUM is the name of the company, and I am an Underwriting Specialist. It has been awesome so far! It will be a lot of work, but I've already met some really awesome people.

Just wanted to post a quick note on the move and the new job.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Moving in T-Minus 1 day

Good morning my fellow bloggites!

I can't believe the move date is so close at hand. It seems like it was only a month or two ago that My family and I decided that God was calling us to up and move to Worcester. We are soooo excited to get our move on.

So, I haven't blogged since 2/18/08. Wow, time flies, when you're busy moving...Hmmm. What the heck does that mean?!!?

Where do I begin in explaining this move?

Towards the beginning of 2007 my wife and I began a period of change, specifically in our spiritual lives. We changed ministries, started questioning if where we were at that time was really where God wanted us. We felt uncomfortable and unsettled. It was strange to feel that way in a place that always felt like home to us, our Church. We really felt that God was gearing us up fr something dracstic; a huge change in our lives.

We now fast forward to last August.

My wife and I got together with one of my best friends, Marty, and his wife Carie. Erica and I used to attend Fellowship Church while we were in college, and when we got married we moved back to my home church in East Longmeadow MA. So, Marty was there to ask us to pray about moving, and to tell us bit (actually it lasted about 5 hours) about the vision God had given him for Fellowship Church.

Erica and I felt as though God, in one fell swoop, confirmed what we had been feeling for months.
I met with my Pastor, Dave Brown, and discussed the idea. I called on some people who I trusted, and was confident that they would pray for us. Then in October, we decided that this was the direction that God was calling us.

We began going out every other week. We would spend one Sunday in East Longmeadow First Baptist, the next in Holden at Fellowship Church. This has been the procedure for the last 5 months, and God has done some incredible things through that time of waiting.

I have said many times that this whole situation is bitter sweet. Sweet, becuase Erica and I have gotten a hold of what God wants us to do with our lives, and received true direction from Him. Also sweet is working with a great team, having some awesome responsiblities, and so many new friends.

It is bitter, because we leave behind our family, friends, and many many loved ones and memories.

So, here we are 5 months later. God has worked out a new job for me, which I start 2 days after we move. Good timing eh? We have a place to live, and are still looking for a permanent place. Keep it in prayer. God has toatlly confirmed this move for us. We don't even have to pay for the moving truck, or the gas for it!!

Well, what I've learnedin all this is...God will always provide the way, and usually makes it much better than you could ever have expected. If you've never trusted God with anything, I challenge you to try Him. See how He proves to you His ability and power to get you through anything.

Living Out Loud